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University Orchestra Concert to Feature SBU Undergrad as Solo Pianist

Di Zhong is First Place Winner of the 2019 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Concerto Competition.

The University Orchestra will present a concert at Staller Center on Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30 pm, featuring Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The soloist  — First Place Winner of the 2019 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Concerto Competition — is pianist Di Zhong, a sophomore double major studying Music and Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University, who will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.

Di Zhong is First Place Winner of the 2019 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Concerto Competition.
Di Zhong is First Place Winner of the 2019 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Concerto Competition.

The University Orchestra, conducted by Susan Deaver, is an all-student ensemble featuring undergraduate and graduate music majors as well as qualified non-music majors at Stony Brook University. In addition, the orchestra has a select number of students from the Stony Brook Young Scholars Program and the Stony Brook Pre-College Program.

Tickets are $10 general and $5 seniors and students, and are available online or at the Staller Center Box Office, (631) 632-ARTS. For more information about the University Orchestra, contact the Stony Brook Department of Music at (631) 632-7330 or visit the website.

About Di Zhong

Featured soloist Di Zhong began his piano studies at age 6 in China and then studied with Frederick Kuok at age 10 for seven years at Brooklyn Musical Arts in New York City. He has been the piano student of Dr. Pablo Lavandera for the past one and a half years.

In May 2012 Di won second place at the New York State Music Teacher Association NYC Piano Competition. In January 2013 he was invited to perform in the New York State Music Teachers Association Winter Musicale Concert at Queens College. In May 2015, Di made his Carnegie Hall debut as a result of winning the first prize in the 2015 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. In March 2016 he made his orchestral debut playing Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 with Contemporaneous (under the baton of David Bloom) as a result of winning the Special Music School High School Concerto Competition.

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